Track Review: The Kooks – Naive (Tony Hoffer Alternate Mix)

Mid noughties floppy-haired Brightonian’s, The Kooks, release producer Tony Hoffer’s alternate mix of 2006’s hit Naive.

Due to the subtle and barely distinguishable differences, the uninitiated would be forgiven for not noticing any meaningful differences between this offering and the original. But, no matter how subtle, there are many tonal nuances running throughout the entirety of the track, making the song sound somehow purer than the original.

Celebrating the 15 year anniversary of The Kooks’ first studio album, Inside In/Inside Out, the band will be reissuing special edition vinyl containing three other alternate versions of album tracks. One song fans of the band will be highly anticipating is the smash hit, She Moves In Her Own Way.

It is clear why the final version of Naive was selected, however. The production value is higher and has greater mass appeal, but this alternate mix has more charm and truth in its makeup.


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